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Two firms to oversee £40m harbour development

Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) has announced the awarding of two key contracts for the design and management of its ambitious �40million investment into the towns harbour.

Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) has announced the awarding of two key contracts for the design and management of its ambitious �40million investment into the towns harbour.

A massive £40m redevelopment of Peterhead harbour will be jointly managed by civil engineering firm RPS and architects Arch Henderson, Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) has revealed.

A massive £40m redevelopment of Peterhead harbour will be jointly managed by civil engineering firm RPS and architects Arch Henderson, Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) has revealed.

Following an ‘extensive and highly competitive procurement process’ the two companies were awarded contracts to undertake the construction of a state-of-the-art fishing hub by the winter of 2016.

Plans include significantly deepening both the port’s North and South harbours and approaches, giving vessels unrestricted access to the harbour.

The port’s chief executive John Wallace said: “Following an extensive and highly competitive procurement exercise, we are delighted to announce the appointments of RPS and Arch Henderson for the design and management of the £40m Master Plan development of a new fish market and inner harbour deepening scheme.

“Both firms are amongst the best in their fields and are well equipped to provide the high level of technical expertise required to address this exciting project’s needs.

“In addition, both Project Managers have an in-depth knowledge of Peterhead and the operations of a busy fishing port.

“We are pleased to welcome them aboard and congratulate them on securing this important contract.”

The next step for PPA is to secure funding for the project.

Mr Wallace and his team are hopeful as much as £10m of the cost could be covered by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), which helps fund the fishing industry and coastal communities to help them adapt to changing conditions in the sector.

PPA is also looking to construct an all new fish market on the site of the old Greenhill market which would allow almost double as man fish boxes to be processed.

If secured early next year, works could commence in June 2015 and would take around 18 months to complete, meaning the facility could be fully operational by the end of 2016.

PPA is currently in the midst of carrying out essential preparatory work, including collating all necessary permissions, such as a Harbour Revision Order and Environmental Impact Assessment.

Dr Michael Shaw, Regional Scotland/Maritime Director of RPS, added: “We are delighted that Peterhead Port Authority has entrusted RPS for the design of the inner harbour deepening scheme, as part of the Port’s £40million Master Plan development.”

David McBain, Architectural Partner of Arch Henderson, also commented: “The Arch Henderson team are delighted to have been appointed to the new Peterhead Port Authority fish market project at Greenhill. We have a long working association with the Port and were the architects for the current market on Merchants Quay, so being invited to design the new market is extremely pleasing.

“We have a broad experience of facilities for the fishing industry and have worked on a number of similar projects across the UK. We look forward to bringing our expertise to this project and delivering a market that will enhance Peterhead’s position as one of the major fishing ports in Europe.”

Peterhead Harbour – the UK’s largest fishing port – has performed extremely strongly for many years, achieving record landings for five successive years, from 2005 to 2010.

The landings figures rose impressively from £104million in 2006 to £164million in 2011, further cementing its position as the top performing UK port for both demersal and pelagic fish. Only last year the Port broke 1 million boxes of fish through the market and the Authority is on track to exceed that this year.

 

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